Owning a horse can be an extremely rewarding experience. However, it also comes with a lot of responsibilities so certainly isn’t something you should ever rush into. There are so many things you need to think about before you make the purchase. Have you considered the legal side of buying and owning a horse? Equine Legal Solutions deals with all the legal aspects of horse ownership. Below you’ll discover everything you need to know about owning and looking after these beautiful creatures.
The costs involved
One thing many people aren’t prepared for when they buy a horse is the costs involved. It’s not just the initial price of buying a horse that you need to worry about. There’s the food, stables, insurance, vet bills, shoes, bedding and equipment to think about. Keeping horses is not a cheap hobby. You can find out more about the costs involved on the Equine World website.
Exercise â€“ Horses need it too!
It’s recommended by doctors that people need at least 30 minutes exercise a day to stay healthy. The same applies to horses. The actual amount of exercise your horse needs will depend upon its age and its size. Generally speaking, most horses need around 30 minutes to an hours exercise 3-4 times a week. Some will need even more. So if you don’t have the time you’ll either need to avoid purchasing a horse or consider loaning them out to someone who can exercise them for you.
Providing a good home
Where do you plan on actually keeping the horse? If you don’t have enough space for stables and a field at your home, you’ll need to keep them at a livery yard. There are quite a lot of livery yards out there so it’s important to choose the right one. Factors to consider when choosing a livery yard include; how far away it is from where you live, whether there are any good hacking routes nearby, how many horses are currently stabled there and whether it’s a full time, part time or DIY yard.
A long term commitment
Horses can live to be anything from 25 to 30 years old. This means when you buy one, you’re entering into a long term commitment. It can be tempting to buy a horse for your child, however, what will happen when your child outgrows the horse? Selling a horse can be a long drawn out process and it also isn’t fair on the animal to be passed around when it is no longer wanted.
If you are planning on buying a horse and you feel ready for the commitment, you’ll need to ensure you’re buying the right one to fit your needs. The British Horse Society has published
an extremely useful guide on buying and caring for a horse. It’s advisable to read through this guide thoroughly to ensure you are making the right decision.
Finally provided you are ready for the responsibility and you have researched everything you need to know, owning a horse can be exciting. Always do as much research as you can so you are fully prepared for what lies ahead.
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